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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

J&J expands recall of Tylenol arthritis caplets | Reuters

J&J expands recall of Tylenol arthritis caplets | Reuters

Monday, December 28, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - December 28, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .A novel prank, but don't try it on me!

Friends pack apartment with gifts in holiday prank
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091224/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_christmas_prank

A Chicago man could be unwrapping the hundreds of Christmas gifts spread around his apartment for days, even weeks.

Trouble is, they aren't really presents. They're his own belongings meticulously wrapped by friends as a prank while he was out of town.

Louie Saunders' packages contain everything from couch cushions to the beer in his refrigerator.

His friend Adal Rifai masterminded the scheme after Saunders gave him a spare key. It took 16 people, 35 rolls of wrapping paper and eight hours to finish the job.

Saunders tells the Chicago Sun-Times he's only been able to unwrap about 10 percent of the packages.

He jokes that the upside is that, with each package he unwraps, he finds something inside that's just what he needs.

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China author set to sue Google over web book scan - 12/28/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091228/tc_afp/chinacompanygooglebooksinternetcopyright
Chinese author Mian Mian, who shot to fame with lurid tales of sex, drugs and alcohol in the underworld, will sue Internet giant Google this week for copyright infringement, her lawyer said Monday.

Good Guys Bring Down the Mega-D Botnet - 12/27/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091228/tc_pcworld/goodguysbringdownthemegadbotnet
For two years as a researcher with security company FireEye, Atif Mushtaq worked to keep Mega-D bot malware from infecting clients' networks. In the process, he learned how its controllers operated it. Last June, he began publishing his findings online. In November, he suddenly switched from de­­fense to offense. And Mega-D--a powerful, resilient botnet that had forced 250,000 PCs to do its bidding--went down.

Panther's impostor is sought - 12/27/09
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=882377&category=SPORTS
Police say a man wanted for cyberstalking may be the same person pretending to be Carolina Panthers left tackle Travelle Wharton.

Practice online safety for those electronic toys - 12/27/09
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/12/27/4550002.htm
So Santa brought your kids all those neat electronic toys for Christmas, including some they will use on the Internet.
The kids might be ecstatic about their haul, but many parents are little concerned about letting the younger generation loose with all that high-tech stuff.

Big Brother's Watching You. . .Undress - 12/26/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2784654/Mum-CCTV-spied-on-bedroom.html
A PREGNANT mother was horrified to see live pictures of her BED on a travel news website.
A camera meant to be monitoring traffic was instead pointing directly at Megan Franklin's bedroom.

Brothel football boss named on Wikipedia - but the press still can't reveal his identity - 12/26/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1238377/Brothel-soccer-boss-named-Wikipedia--press-reveal-identity.html#ixzz0azleZlAZ
The football manager caught visiting a brothel was named on the internet site Wikipedia yesterday.
His identification on the online encyclopedia makes a mockery of rules that protect his privacy on human rights grounds.

Community fear retaliation in Sweet 16 shooting - 12/24/09
http://www.examiner.com/x-3284-Detroit-Top-News-Examiner~y2009m12d24-Community-fear-retaliation-in-Sweet-16-shooting
Police questioned several gang members at the police station, "But they are denying they knew anything. Their mentality is they take care of their own business," Ferndale police Lt. William Wilson said.

'Vampyre King' Jailed for Threat to Impale Judge - 12/24/09
http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/vampyre-king-jonathon-the-impaler-jailed-for-threatening-judge/19292623
Indiana prosecutor Mario Massillamany doesn't need to tell people how to correctly pronounce his name this week, as he usually does. These days, he's known as "Mario, the Vampire Slayer."

Subtle tactic to reduce social networking abuse - 12/24/09
http://www.cfodailynews.com/subtle-tactic-to-reduce-social-networking-abuse/
When it comes staffers using social networking sites in the workplace, many employers feel like their hands are tied.
While they’re well aware of the dangers posed by employees using sites like Facebook and Twitter ­ legal issues including defamation and harassment, leaking of confidential info, damage to the company’s reputation, etc. ­ the majority of firms are hesitant to ban access to these sites altogether.

Using Facebook and Twitter safely - 12/23/09
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10420861-245.html
You and just about everyone else, it seems, are spending more and more time on Facebook and Twitter, updating statuses and checking friends' tweets. That's all well and good, of course, but the amount of personal information that all of you share in real time, and the level of trust implicit with the social networking sites, do pose particular security and privacy problems.

U.S. teen convicted of sexual assault over Facebook scam - 12/23/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1237989/U-S-teen-convicted-sexual-assault-Facebook-scam.html
A U.S. teenager who blackmailed dozens of male students into having sex using Facebook has been convicted.

Fraudsters jailed over £20 million credit card scam - 12/23/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/6874128/Fraudsters-jailed-over-20-million-credit-card-scam.html
Two fraudsters have been jailed over their part in a £20 million credit card scam, after a vigilant retailer became suspicious about online orders placed with his music store and contacted the police.

E-Book Piracy: The Publishing Industry's Next Epic Saga? - 12/23/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091224/tc_pcworld/ebookpiracythepublishingindustrysnextepicsaga
e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle continue to rise, so follows the publishing industry's worst nightmare: e-book piracy. For years e-book piracy was the exclusive province of the determined few willing to ferret out mostly nerdy textbook titles from the Internet's dark alleys and read them on their PC.

Man held for defaming housewife in Bangalore - 12/23/09
http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_man-held-for-defaming-housewife-in-bangalore_1326962
The cyber crime cell of the crime investigation department arrested a Chennai-based man for allegedly posting theobscene profile of a housewife on a social networking site.

Bossier man threatens to kill on YouTube - 12/22/09
http://arklatexhomepage.com/content/fulltext/?cid=88221
A Bossier City man is threatening to kill his neighbor on YouTube. The clip has some people who live in the area concerned about their own safety.

Gloucester mum excluded over Facebook comments - 12/22/09
http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/gloucestershireheadlines/Single-mum-excluded-Facebook-comments/article-1635779-detail/article.html
A single mother has been excluded from Gloucestershire College for making homophobic comments on her Facebook page.
Lisa Lusty, 33, said she made the homophobic remarks on her social networking page in October in anger after she claims she was being bullied by another student.

When authors attack - 12/22/09
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/dec/22/when-authors-attack?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Candace Sams's decision to report bad Amazon reviewers to the FBI is further proof why it's best not to respond publicly to your critics This year has seen its fair share of authors kicking off about poor reviews, from Alice Hoffman, who called a Boston Globe critic a "moron" on Twitter following a negative review of her novel The Story Sisters, to Alain de Botton, who posted an excoriating comment on a reviewer's blog after a poor write-up for The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work in the New York Times. But the latest upset, played out on the pages of Amazon, is possibly the weirdest.

Facebook "disrespect" led to killing in street - 12/22/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2781029/Facebook-insult-led-to-killing-in-the-street.html
A TEENAGER has been knifed to death - allegedly by his best mate - after a bust-up over a message on Facebook.
Salum Kombo, 18, was stabbed repeatedly and staggered 400 yards before collapsing in a pool of blood.

Parents Snare Facebook Pedo - 12/22/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2781513/Parents-snare-Facebook-paedo.html#ixzz0aRy6YAQR
A COUPLE posed as their 11-year-old DAUGHTER on Facebook — to snare a paedophile who was grooming her for sex.
The parents lured pervert Thomas Gibbs into a trap after taking over the youngster's online profile.
Today, the sick 52-year-old is starting a 16-month jail term.

Escaped Lag's Facebook Taunts - 12/22/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2781359/Escaped-lags-Facebook-taunts.html
AN escaped prisoner is taunting cops by writing about his life on the run on Facebook.
Cheeky inmate Craig Lynch, 28, talks about tucking in to a 12lb venison steak and basking in Caribbean temperatures in his warm, cosy home, on the social networking site.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Double A (beep beep) M C O Rocks!

I had a bit of a meltdown last week. Which is why I stopped posting updates for a while. If you remember, my check engine light came on in Jurgen, my Beemer on Thursday, the 17th, on my way back from a meeting in Portland. Chris has a code reader and the code that came up claimed it was the torque converter solenoid. He called around, got a price of $54 for the part, but was told it should really go to a garage to have the part put in instead of him trying. Good enough.

He called a local dealership we usually go to and they said it needed to go to a BMW dealer. Hell no - I knew I'd pay an arm and a leg. Chris went to warm up the Jeep for me (I didn't want to use Jurgen until he was fixed) and ran into our neighbor and told him about the Beemer's problems. Turns out our neighbor's brother in law has a foreign auto place not far from us and promised "he'll take good care of you."

So we called and arranged to drop off Jurgen Monday. Did that and waited for FAP (foreign auto place) to call us. At around 5 pm, he did. Said it wasn't the solenoid - that worked just dandy. He wanted to check more, but it was either the torque converter and/or the transmission. If it was the converter, it'd be around $1000, but if it was the transmission, I was looking at $3-4,000.

I burst into tears. None of my work was kicking in until January. We have absolutely NO money. We had been thinking about having the kids for their vacation next week, but now we couldn't pick them up/drop them off or even afford food while they were here, so we had to say no to that. No Christmas presents for us, tree or decorations.

Tuesday night, FAP calls and tells us the whole front end of the transmission was shot and the transmission needed to be replaced. I started crying again. Chris was at his wits end with me because if I wasn't crying, I was snapping at him (and only because he was the only person here to take my anger out on). He checked online in message boards and found a rebuilt for $1500, but we'd still have to come up with the money for it and pay for the installation.

Wednesday morning, I got back from my run w/Phoebe and Chris was at the door. "Call FAP and tell him we're picking up the Beemer and garaging it. Then we're taking it to AAMCO."

I didn't even know there was an AAMCO around here. So I called FAP. He didn't sound too happy (hell, he was going to be out a big chunk of money). We picked up Jurgen, drove it to AAMCO and immediately felt better. Both the manager and customer service manager were really nice and asked us to tell them everything from the moment the check engine light came on to what FAP told us.

They said that *if* it was the front end of the transmission, they could rebuild just that, and could probably reuse a lot of the parts in there already. I began to breathe easier. I had printed off a coupon for a free checkup. They gladly took it.

Chris & I went to WalMart to return a battery for the core deposit and pick up some odds and ends we could afford. AAMCO called. So far, they found NOTHING wrong w/the transmission. They wanted to do a pressure test. Hell yes - do it!

We drove over to AAMCO and they said the pressure test showed NOTHING was wrong. They then asked if one of their guys could take Jurgen home w/him, with a computer hooked up the whole way. The guy lived 35 miles away, so it would give Jurgen more than enough time for the check engine light to come back on. Of course, I said yes.

The next morning, AAMCO called. The computer showed NOTHING was wrong. We asked them to do a flush and fill of the transmission, just for my own peace of mind.

Went to pick up Jurgen and both the managers said the filter and fluid they drained out was normal dirty - nothing abnormal. The general manager said he took it out on the highway himself before the change and the check engine did not come on, nor did it feel like anything was wrong. While I was paying, they had a third guy take Jurgen for a test drive. He gave it a thumbs up. They charged me a whopping $154 for the flush/fill - the checkup was free (FAP charged me $80 for just looking at it). They told me to come right back if the check engine light does come back on.

I drove back Route 1 instead of the highway, my heart pounding, expecting the check engine light to turn on. It didn't. And Jurgen sounded and felt like new. The transmission shifts wonderfully.

I hate the thought I may have been ripped off by a neighbor's relative. I am not going to say anything to them unless they ask how it went, and even then, I'll just say we took it for a second opinion and got a better deal.

On top of all that, the new furnace guy came over, cleaned our furnace, told us the previous folks who had done it did a piss poor job. He was here for over two hours. We do need a new oil tank, but he said that can wait until summer.

We had Joanne over for Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, played Wii with her and had fun - we were all relieved and relaxed.

One of Chris' clients gave him a bonus, so on Christmas Day went to the local Chinese place for dinner. We didn't make them sing "fa ra ra ra" to us.

All I can say is a HUGE thank you to AAMCO. I am sending a letter of gratitude to their corporate offices.

I can't wait for New Year's Eve. 2010 has just got to be better. It has to.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - Worst Christmas Presents Ever

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - Worst Christmas Presents Ever

Monday, December 21, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - December 21, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Dumbass

Flashing teen found guilty after being hit by car
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_odd_distracted_driver

A New Zealand teen who was flashing her breasts at passing cars has been found guilty of disorderly behavior for the prank, which ended with her in a hospital after a distracted driver ran into her. Cherelle May Dudfield, 18, pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared in Invercargill District Court, the Southland Times newspaper reported Wednesday.

Dudfield, egged on by her friends, was flashing passing motorists from a traffic island in the middle of a four-lane road in the southern city of Invercargill on Sept. 27.

The alcohol-fueled prank went awry when one of the vehicles crashed into her as she tried to run to the side of the road, police Inspector Olaf Jensen said.

"She was extremely lucky as the vehicle had slowed because of her behavior," he told The Associated Press. "She rolled up onto the bonnet (hood) and cracked the windscreen before she came down with some minor injuries and was taken to hospital."

The prank occurred in the city center, where a ban on alcohol use is in force, he noted.

Dudfield was fined $198.

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Probationer wanted for stalking caught after Crime Stoppers tip - 12/21/09
http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/6661673/
A probationer wanted on new charges of cyberstalking was arrested in Roanoke Rapids Friday after a tip to Crime Stoppers.

Federal jury: White supremacist guilty of making online threats - 12/21/09
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=22421
A federal jury in Virginia has found a white supremacist guilty of four counts of making online threats.

Cyber 'Detectives' Irk Celebrities - 12/20/09
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/12/113_57621.html
A growing number of Internet users are acting like private detectives in cyber space, tracing private notes and pictures of people involved in scandals with celebrities, before spreading them on the Internet. Making private information public without the consent from individuals is illegal.

Firearms officer made online death threat against sergeant - 12/20/09
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/20/firearms-officer-threat-online-forum
A specialist firearms officer has been disciplined for boasting in an online forum that he could "put a bullet" between the eyes of his sergeant.

Upper Saucon man accused of sending e-mail threats to Lehigh County judge - 12/19/09
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a6_5threat.7121248dec19,0,3261818.story
A Upper Saucon Township man, who was out on bail awaiting trial on domestic violence charges filed in September, has been sent back to prison after reportedly e-mailing threats to a Lehigh County judge.

Judge refuses to reduce $500,000 bond for former Faulkner student in online threat case - 12/19/09
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20091219/NEWS01/912190325/Judge-refuses-to-reduce-500-000-bond-for-former-Faulkner-student-in-online-threat-case
District Judge Sharon Yates refused to reduce a $500,000 bond Friday for a for­mer Faulkner University student ar­rested in connection with a post on Face­book.

Lowndes man facing cyberstalking charge remains in jail - 12/18/09
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=4166
A Steens man injured in what police are calling a “justified” shooting remains in jail after a Dec. 12 incident.
Michael Raymond Parker, 34, of 380 Honeysuckle Drive in Steens, was arrested Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle on charges of cyberstalking, e-mail communication to extort or threaten harm.

Norton: ‘Sex’ A Top Internet Search Among Children - 12/18/09
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1801491/norton_sex_a_top_internet_search_among_children/
Findings released by Internet security specialty firm Norton showed that sex was a hot online search topic for children in 2009, AFP reported.

Woman charged with cyberstalking mother-in-law - 12/18/09
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/class-30461-woman-law.html
A Burlington woman was charged Friday with five counts of cyberstalking after she sent out several e-mails accusing her mother-in-law of fraud.

Texas Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Making Threats Over the Internet - 12/17/09
http://7thspace.com/headlines/329405/texas_man_sentenced_to_15_years_for_making_threats_over_the_internet.html
United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio this morning, 33-year-old Steven Weste was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for making threats over the Internet.

Facebook group that mocked murdered baby shut down - 12/17/09
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/facebook-group-that-mocked-murdered-baby-shut-down-1843431.html
A Facebook group set up to mock murdered toddler Millie Martin has been taken off the internet after concerns over its content were raised.

Congress Takes Aim at Fake Caller IDs - 12/17/09
http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/congress-takes-aim-at-fake-caller-ids/19282650
Fake caller identifications have been used to call in false alarms to SWAT teams, steal financial information and disguise those irritating dinnertime telemarketing calls.

Monitoring texts employer's right - 12/16/09
http://www.sbsun.com/editorial/ci_14012464
The city of Ontario and its Police Department find themselves at the center of deciding a key privacy law for the Internet age.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would take up the case of Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Quon and three others who sued the city. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year in Quon's favor, saying that the 4th Amendment protection from unreasonable search and the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 protected the privacy of the officers' text messages sent on devices provided by the Police Department. The city appealed.

Rogue Antivirus Lurks Behind Google Doodle Searches - 12/16/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091216/tc_pcworld/rogueantiviruslurksbehindgoogledoodlesearches
In Esperanto the word is "malica." It means malicious and it's the best way of describing many of the search results Google visitors got Tuesday when the clicked on Google's front-page Doodle sketch, dedicated to Esperanto's creator.

A Golf Porn Lawsuit That Has Nothing To Do With Who You Think - 12/16/09
http://deadspin.com/5427409/a-golf-porn-lawsuit-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-who-you-think
There are many ways of getting yourself banned from exclusive country clubs. Being poor or a minority are probably the most common, but letting them film a golf-themed porno there is probably the most exciting.

Man who posted threats against BART cop gets three years - 12/16/09
http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_14006435
A Virginia man who posted several Internet threats against former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Liberals remove faked PM assassination shot - 12/15/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091215/od_nm/us_assassination
Canada's opposition Liberal Party has taken down from its website a doctored photo of Lee Harvey Oswald being shot and killed in which Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's face was substituted for Oswald's.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Actress Brittany Murphy dead at 32: report - NYPOST.com

Actress Brittany Murphy dead at 32: report - NYPOST.com

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Weekly Sentinel Article I'm In

Here's the article I was in - The Weekly Sentinel

Monday, December 14, 2009

Teen's Cell Phone Bill Tops $20,000 | NBC Bay Area

Teen's Cell Phone Bill Tops $20,000 | NBC Bay Area

WHO@ Newsletter - December 14, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tinfoil Hat Alert!!!

"Secret agent" busted in late night car chase
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_germany_agent
German police arrested a man who claimed to be a "secret agent" after a high speed chase in pursuit of a car with a blue flashing light on its roof.

Police in the southern city of Fuerth caught up with the man after he raced past them, ignored signals to pull over, and ran a red light as they gave chase.

Smelling strongly of alcohol, the 44-year-old whispered only that he was "one of them," on a secret mission and belonged to the Federal Crime Office -- a body similar to the FBI -- local police said. A check revealed he had no such credentials.

"After matters were taken care of, the would-be 'Mr. Bond' was again released," police said in a statement on Thursday.

A local police spokesman said the man in reality had "a normal job" and declined to explain his nighttime sortie. He faces charges for a variety of driving offences.

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A.M. News: Text messages leads to 'cyberstalking' charge - 12/14/09
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/text-41482-messages-old.html
A 20-year-old Belmont man allegedly threatened a woman through the use of text messages over a phone.

Bullies use Web to spread their hurt - 12/14/09
http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/1214483.html
The old schoolyard bully who haunted the places a teacher's eye somehow never reached is increasingly taking a backseat to a new kind of bully who uses the Internet's constant playground and knows no boundaries.

Adobe Flash's security woes: How to protect yourself - 12/14/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20091214/tc_infoworld/103664
Adobe's Flash Player software is on 99 percent of Internet-connected desktops, offering up multimedia and video capabilities on a multitude of popular Web sites such as YouTube. But the Adobe Flash platform has been beset by a rash of security problems that give intruders potential access to computers running the software.

Police: Man's house broken into while he was on MySpace date - 12/12/09
http://www.freep.com/article/20091212/NEWS02/91212009/1001/rss01
Jason Barker is a hardworking St. Clair Shores guy who thought he'd try meeting a nice girl on MySpace. Instead, as a kind 24-year-old woman from Oak Park chatted with him during their first date at a Chili's restaurant, police say her accomplice was cleaning out Barker' s Downing Street home Dec. 1.

Swedish service performs your last online wishes - 12/11/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091211/ap_on_hi_te/eu_sweden_web_wills
Sunniva Geertinger was devastated when her boyfriend took his life early this year.
To make matters worse, his Facebook account proved almost impossible to put to rest, haunting her like a ghost with new wall-posts from network pals and holiday photos from the past.

FBI: Rogue Antivirus Scammers Have Made $150M - 12/11/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091211/tc_pcworld/fbirogueantivirusscammershavemade150m
They're the scourge of the Internet right now and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says they've also raked in more than US$150 million for scammers. Security experts call them rogue antivirus programs.

San Francisco Woman Sues -- Well, She Doesn't Know Who -- For Posting Her Nude Pics - 12/11/09
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2009/12/san_francisco_woman_sues_-_wel.php
No need to dream of being Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton or even former Miss California Carrie Prejean. You, too, can have your own internet sex scandal. Or nightmare. A private citizen of San Francisco has filed suit in Superior Court against some rotten anonymous internet trolls who posted photos of her topless when she was 16 on Flickr and Badongo.com with her real maiden name.

Boy, 15, charged in phone threats to his former high school - 12/11/09
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bal-md.ho.spoofing11dec11,0,5973264.story
Howard County police have arrested a Columbia teenager they say used Internet "spoofing" software to make telephone threats to his former high school and the Howard County Board of Education.

Fears over organised child fights - 12/11/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8407277.stm
Schoolchildren are being forced to take part in street fights by at least one adult who records them and posts videos on the internet, it has been claimed.

Bereaved father charged in alleged e-mail threats - 12/10/09
http://www.telegram.com/article/20091210/NEWS/912100658/1101
The father of a 4-year-old Sturbridge boy who accidentally drowned in 2007 has been charged with threatening town officials in an e-mail that mentions his son’s death.

Ashanti Seeks Protection Against Sex Texting Stalker - 12/10/09
http://www.theboombox.com/2009/12/10/ashanti-seeks-protection-against-sex-texting-stalker/
Singer Ashanti has a filed an order of protection against an Indiana man accused of stalking her and her family. According to reports Devar Hurd, 31, is accused of sending Ashanti's mother, Tina Douglas, 32 lewd text messages over the summer.

13 more sites expel NY sex offenders - 12/10/09
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-10413499-238.html
Sites owned by Yahoo, AOL, and Google have joined Facebook and MySpace in expelling New York sex offenders from their rolls.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that Google's Orkut.com, AOL's Bebo.com, and Yahoo's Flickr.com are among 13 additional social-networking sites to use sex offender data available through New York's Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-Stop) to find and disable accounts associated with registered sex offenders.

Woman jailed in perjury case - 12/09/09
http://www.timesargus.com/article/20091209/NEWS02/912090313/1003/NEWS02
A woman convicted of fabricating evidence that put an innocent man in jail for three months is now serving a prison sentence of her own.
A judge sentenced Kellye Stephens, a 23-year-old former Norwich University student, to 29 to 30 days in prison at a hearing Tuesday in Vermont District Court in Barre.

Sexting: Just "Kid Stuff" or Child Porn - 12/09/09
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/crime-time/200912/sexting-just-kid-stuff-or-child-porn
What do you call someone at the maximum level of risk-taking behavior, but due to age, has the least ability to be rational (and thus can't recognize the consequences of their actions)? The answer: a teenager.

GANG OF BULLIES USE FACEBOOK GROUP TO TARGET HOLE-IN-THE-HEART SCHOOLGIRL - 12/09/09
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/111831/Gang-of-bullies-use-Facebook-group-to-target-hole-in-the-heart-schoolgirl/
CRUEL bullies formed a cyber gang to terrorise a hole-in-the-heart schoolgirl at home.
Beth Ellis, 13, whose condition left her smaller and weaker than pupils the same age, had toughed it out against the hate mob in the playground.

John Stamos Targeted for $680,000 Extortion Attempt - 12/08/09
http://www.thecelebritycafe.com/features/36596.html
John Stamos announced he was blackmailed for $680,000, reported People Magazine.
The "Full House" star told reporters a man and a woman attempted to blackmail him with photos of, what Stamos claims, are fans posing for pictures.

Two arrested in Japan for scamming purchase reward points out of popular site - 12/07/09
http://www.examiner.com/x-16352-Japan-Headlines-Examiner~y2009m12d7-Two-arrested-in-Japan-for-scamming-purchase-reward-points-out-of-popular-site
Two men have been arrested for scamming thousands of dollars worth of purchase reward points out of a popular internet shopping site by booking tens of thousands of hotel rooms, Japanese police announce on Dec. 7th.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What was your worst Christmas present ever?

For my new Things That Stick In My Craw, I want to know what your worst Christmas present ever was and why it was the worst. Whether you gave or received it, tell me tell me tell me!

Monday, December 07, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - December 7, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The title just amused me

Police nab woman with nearly $600 of stolen meat
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091206/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_meat_theft
Galesburg police said they have filed a retail theft charge against a woman who was reportedly found pushing a cart filled with nearly $600 worth of meat and meat products outside a supermarket.

Police went to the supermarket Wednesday evening after a store employee spotted the woman on the street outside and apparently coaxed her into returning to the store with the cart.

Officers said the woman appeared intoxicated and told them only that she had taken the meat was that she wanted to visit her boyfriend, who was an inmate at the Knock County Jail.

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You've Got Freedom: AOL ends ties with Time Warner - 12/07/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091207/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_aol_spinoff
AOL is shaking loose from Time Warner Inc. and heading into the next decade the way it began this one, as an independent company. Unlike the 1990s, though, when AOL got rich selling dial-up Internet access, it starts the 2010s as an underdog, trying to beef up its Web sites and grab more advertising revenue.

Net prices ‘fixed’, warns eBay - 12/06/09
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article6945943.ece
BRITAIN’S biggest online marketplace, eBay, has exposed big brands for fixing prices on its website at inflated levels for popular Christmas gifts, from flatscreen LCD televisions to £300 coffee makers.

Facebook, cyberstalking, and National Security - 12/06/09
http://www.examiner.com/x-20682-Boston-Underground-Examiner~y2009m12d6-Facebook-cyberstalking-and-National-Security
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) working with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Samuelson Clinic), has filed suit against various government agencies following a general federal failure to reply to a Freedom Of Information Act request seeking "information concerning the government's use of social-networking websites for investigative purposes on citizens' privacy rights and associated legal protections".

Anger at sex infection texts - 12/06/09
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/anger-at-sex-infection-texts/1697191.aspx
THE ETHICS of a high-tech campaign targeting the spread of sexually transmitted diseases has come under fire from medical groups and ethical organisations.

Two accused of attack on Internet acquaintance - 12/06/09
http://www.buffalonews.com/437/story/884650.html
Two teenagers were charged with assault and harassment, accused of beating a 17-year-old female who showed up Friday at the Fisher Street address of one of the suspects, who was an Internet acquaintance, Buffalo police said.

Women rights activists seek protection against cyber crimes - 12/05/09
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Islamabad/05-Dec-2009/Women-rights-activists-seek-protection-against-cyber-crimes
Representatives of various civic society organisations and women rights activists have expressed concerns over increase in cyber crimes against women and urged the government to introduce strong legislation to combat this emerging new menace against women.

1 In 4 Teenagers Engage In 'Sexting' - 12/04/09
http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1794999/1_in_4_teenagers_engage_in_sexting/
More than one-in-four young people said they had been involved in “sexting” of some type, according to a new Associated Press-MTV poll.

Social networking proves to be a useful tool for public safety - 12/04/09
http://www.examiner.com/x-21588-LA-Cyber-Safety-Examiner~y2009m12d4-Social-networking-proves-to-be-a-useful-tool-for-public-safety
Social networking has become a familiar tool utilized by many to keep in touch with friends and family. Today social networking is also an effective communication tool for those who work in public safety.

The rise and fall of MySpace - 12/04/09
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/fd9ffd9c-dee5-11de-adff-00144feab49a.html
In summer 2005, having spent the best part of four decades ­building a newspaper, film and television empire, Rupert Murdoch decided that the time had come to get serious about the internet.

Jury gets case of blogger accused of judge threats - 12/04/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091204/ap_on_hi_te/us_blogger_threats
A New Jersey blogger crossed the line protecting free speech by writing that three federal judges in Chicago "must die" for a decision supporting gun control, a prosecutor said Friday, as the defense countered in closing arguments that giving a passionate opinion is not a crime.

AOL Ditches Security Tokens To Make Logging In Easier - 12/04/09
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/aol-securid/
AOL customers who sprang for the company’s $10 “PassCode” security token to harden their account can get ready to toss their fancy crypto-numeric keyfobs in the same landfill as all those CD-ROMs AOL mailed them in the 1990s.

Former Nicholls student receives probation for Internet threats - 12/04/09
http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20091204/HURBLOG/912049976?Title=Former-Nicholls-student-receives-probation-for-Internet-threats
A former Nicholls State University student received probation and community service from a federal judge in New Orleans for sending threatening messages to people on a social networking Web site following President Barack Obama’s election.

More than 1,200 UK shopping websites shut down - 12/04/09
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6942583.ece
More than 1,200 illegal internet shopping websites that have made millions of pounds for criminals have been shut down by Scotland Yard in the biggest operation of its kind in Britain.

Internet addicts more likely to self harm - 12/04/09
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/internet-addicts-more-likely-to-self-harm-1.989405
Teenagers who are addicted to the internet are more likely to self-harm than their peers, a new study has claimed.

Suicide tied to cyber bullying - 12/03/09
http://www.areawidenews.com/story/1591912.html
The recent suicide of 12-year-old Sarah Butler, a Williford seventh grader has once again brought attention to the need for more aggressive cyber bullying legislation in the state.

Ruskin teen's suicide following topless photo draws attention to sexting - 12/03/09
http://southshore2.tbo.com/content/2009/dec/03/ruskin-teens-suicide-following-topless-photo-draws/news/
A Ruskin 13-year-old's suicide after a topless photo she sent to a boy made its way to classmates has focused the spotlight on sexting – sharing sexually explicit photos, videos and chat by cell phone or online.

Thanksgiving Webcam Promo Leads to Malware - 12/03/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091204/tc_pcworld/thanksgivingwebcampromoleadstomalware
The US$10 webcam that Anna Giesman bought her daughter at Office Depot over the Thanksgiving weekend sounds like one of those deals that's too good to be true. And for her, it was. A week later, she's worried and upset because a CD that came with the camera contained a Web link that apparently infected her PC with fake antivirus software.

Online Privacy Campaign Site Kicks Off - 12/03/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091203/tc_pcworld/onlineprivacycampaignsitekicksoff
A new site dedicated to improving online privacy launched today with a tool for filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, along with information about your privacy rights - or lack thereof.

Hacker Hits Adobe Illustrator With New Attack - 12/03/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20091203/tc_pcworld/hackerhitsadobeillustratorwithnewattack
Adobe Systems' security response team is scrambling to fix a newly disclosed bug in its Illustrator software, even as it readies another security patch for next week.

Web limit on police 'naming and shaming' of criminals - 12/03/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8392012.stm
Police forces that "name and shame" criminals must remove the details from websites after a month, new rules say.

Wikipedia ordered to reveal identity of 'editor' accused of blackmailing mother and child - 12/03/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1232901/Wikipedia-ordered-reveal-identity-editor-accused-blackmailing-mother-child.html#ixzz0Z0v9WPDH
A businesswoman smeared by an anonymous contributor to Wikipedia has won a landmark legal battle to have her accuser unmasked.

Slain wife was victim of cyber-stalking - 12/02/09
http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=385052
Court documents obtained by KRCG News reveal more about Karen Kahler's allegations that she suffered long-term abuse at the hands of her husband.

Internet ethics in the office - 12/02/09
http://www.redwoodtimes.com/garbervillenews/ci_13908897
All of the basic concepts and ideas that follow are the product of my experience, and your employer can offer a more lenient or more conservative Internet use policy based on the needs of the business or your terms of employment. As you prioritize your Internet use in the office, it is important to contemplate how it fits into your value system. It is ultimately your decision whether an extra hour of YouTube or Facebook use in the office is worth risking the continued income and benefits your employer provides.

Local Blogger Facing Cyberstalking Charges - 12/02/09
http://www.wxii12.com/news/21787617/detail.html
A local blogger is facing cyberstalking charges after authorities said he sent more than two-dozen e-mails in less than an hour to another blogger.

Doctors warned not to respond to sexual advances from patients on Facebook - 12/02/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/6700473/Doctors-warned-not-to-respond-to-sexual-advances-from-patients-on-Facebook.html
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) said it was aware of several cases where patients have attempted to proposition doctors by sending them a private message via a networking site.

W.Va. man sues over use of mugshot - 12/01/09
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/92/2009/november/30/wva-man-sues-over-use-of-mugshot.html
A McMechen man whose mugshot won a measure of Internet fame is planning to sue companies he says are profiting from the image.

MediaPost Publications Yahoo Lets Users Set Ad Interest Levels, Or Turn It Off Completely 12/07/2009

MediaPost Publications Yahoo Lets Users Set Ad Interest Levels, Or Turn It Off Completely 12/07/2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Consumer group claims Zhu Zhu Pets unsafe - CNN.com

Consumer group claims Zhu Zhu Pets unsafe - CNN.com

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

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